Monday, November 19, 2012
So far, I've not gained an ounce. A minor miracle since I've certainly been "exposed" to many temptations already, including many eating-out events.
I'm remaining focused mainly on eating as many veggies as I can, many raw in salads with a wild variety of ingredients, because I know, I've learned and got the numbers to prove it, that those veggies are WONDERFUL for my health!
As we head into Thanksgiving week, doing some baking ahead of Turkey Day, visiting offices where food is already displayed like we're all stocking up before going into hibernation for winter, I have to stay AWARE. I prepare myself before I go anywhere. If I'm offered this or that, I'll just SAY NO without giving it any thought and tell a joke, give a compliment, say anything to change the subject. I will not consider food at all.
I have a pot of home-made chicken soup simmering on my stove today. I made the chicken bone broth a few weeks ago and put it in the freezer. Now I've added some water, cauliflower, onion, garlic, shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes and a few poratbella slices to it.
I leave chunks of white meat in my bone broth so it's in my stew now. Very tasty, satisfying, non-starchy and high in minerals. Good for your bone density and for the flora in your gut as well. Hence the traditional chicken soup for your colds and flu.
It also has the perfect balance of alkalinity and acidity that your body needs to stay healthy.
All those "oldtimers" knew what they were doing, lol.
It takes effort for me to keep the right thoughts in my head that help me stay on track. But not as much effort as it will take if I go wild with food and then have to get rid of 10 pounds on January 1st!
So, are you filling your mind with thoughts that will keep you from filling your mouth with food?
Good luck to us all.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
End of Year Countdown Ė Day 6
My Eating Out Challenge, to myself.
I eat out a lot. Too much, really, for anyone trying to stay healthy and be thinner. And even though I know better, I always seem to see eating out as some sort of special celebration which excuses me from sticking with my program.
One of my regular eating out events is with my Girlfriend Group, which I organized about 7 years ago, knowing I was going to retire and that it would be important to stay in touch with the women who had been my friends during my working life.
So I invited some friends to meet me for dinner and bring one of their friends with them. We planned to meet every second Tuesday for dinner, to laugh and talk and, oh yes, EAT, lol.
Weíre still doing that, about 6-8 of us regular members now, it fluctuates, and having a really good time. But during the years Iíve noticed one of my friends who is very petite and has been the same size all these years, while I feel Iím a regular up and down roller coaster.
So I began to watch her eat. I observe what she orders and I find that our monthly meal is never a ďfood celebrationĒ for her. She consistently chooses the healthiest dish she can find on the menu of whatever restaurant we visit.
Hmmmm. I think Iíll do that. And yesterday I met a friend at the Olive Garden, aka the Pasta Palace, lol. Pasta is not my friend because itís rather like an addictive drug to me and once I start I donít want to stop.
So I focused on the healthiest dish I could find on the menu and was determined not to be distracted by the dessert menu, the pasta dishes, the breadsticks. I canít remember the name of the dish I ordered but it consisted of the tiniest chicken breast Iíve ever seen, some barely steamed broccoli, asparagus and tomatoes. After lunch I had a cup of black coffee, nothing added.
My friend and I yakked for an hour and a half, laughing out loud a lot of the time, and I never missed the food I didnít order. At the end of the meal, I felt wonderful, not stuffed, and pretty virtuous, lol.
It carried over to dinner when I grilled another pretty small chicken breast with some hot sauce on it and opened a can of green beans.
So, hereís my one small victory over the Pasta Palace, and my continuing win on Day 6 of my countdown to make it through the two most tempting months of the year with no terrible stuffed feelings and no gains.
Focus. Awareness. Attention. Have to concentrate and take nothing for granted.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
November and December can be THE most difficult months to lose weight, maintain weight and just stay healthy.
We begin by eating leftover Halloween candy.
Then we start trying recipes for Thanksgiving, and baking ahead for the family get together.
Then we start baking "gifts" to give away for Christmas presents.
Then we find that everywhere we go, offices are full of seasonal treats, ours for the tasting.
You may be eating out more often, having company staying with you and baking and cooking for them.
You've probably come a long way since last year's holiday celebrations. Don't lose it all now. Don't give up the rewards of all your hard work, planning and discipline.
I'm preaching to myself here, really. Because I need to hear it, need to say it, need to write it. Need to heed it!
So here is the warning sign of the times.
CAUTION! HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN AHEAD. MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH! AND SELF-ESTEEM!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
My recent physical exam made me aware of many health-related things.
One thing, that I remember thinking EACH TIME I see my doctor, which is only when I have a check-up, is that OBESITY is a real problem, EVERYWHERE.
Every nurse or tech person that drew my blood, took my vitals, etc. etc. in the clinic where I go, is OVERWEIGHT. Not just by 10 or 15 lbs either. A LOT more.
Also, as I looked around the waiting room, almost every person there was in the same shape.
If I want to feel really thin, I can just sit in the clinic for a while and watch all the patients AND the EMPLOYEES, because they are all so overweight.
My doctor is the exception. As I wrote in a previous blog, he's very thin. He told me, during our long talk about health and exercise, that America is DEFINITELY going to lose the battle against obesity.
He, like me, notices how often food is shoved in our face. On tv and in person. He says he brings yogurt and fruit or some other light lunch to the clinic everyday. And if there is a meeting of any kind, he stays away from the food table, which is ALWAYS there, always loaded.
It's a battle. And only the most dedicated warriors will win.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
All that research and hard work has paid off for me.
This time last year my cholesterol was 210. It had NEVER been that high before. After all my research, and yaking about it constantly with all my SP friends (Thank you all for being so nice about it, lol) I figured out what worked.
Now my Total Cholesterol is 167, HDL 90, LDL 69, Triglycerides 38! I'm a happy camper.
The formula was simple, once I figured it out:
AVOID SUGAR and STARCH as much as possible;
Eat all the raw (or very lightly cooked/roasted/sauteed) veggies I can.
That's it. That's my Way Of Eating.
I still eat meat. Just not every day and not every meal of any day.
I eat a fairly high fat diet with real butter and lots of olive oil and a steak or pork ribs now and then.
The only thing a little off was my Thyroid. It's a little slow. Not much. Doc wants me to re-test in 3 months. No dietary remedies for that, unfortunately. It's hereditary.
Hey, can I blame that for taking so long to lose weight? LOL. NO. That happens because now and then I stray into pastry or pizza, lol. I'm not perfect. But I'm pretty sure you already knew that.
PS: I also monitor my Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure at home every day and I get a fasting cholesterol panel at my local pharmacy every 3-4 months. I think those numbers are important. How do you know how you're doing if you only get those tested once a year, or less? Hmmm?
I'll be 64 this month. Have to get it right.
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